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Friday, March 15, 2019

Drifting Off the Earnest Habit of Truth



Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things (Albert Einstein).

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In several of my blogs I have insisted that our Senior Partner and Great Creator requires us to be earnest players.  There may be reasons on an elemental physical layer that make this a requirement—we just don’t know.  What we do have the capacity to do now is to map out behaviorally in layman’s terms why this could be true. 

Humility characterized effort leads us to truth and reinforces the habit of truth.  “The dog ate my homework.” In a thousand more sophisticated ways this excuse can poison the whole enterprise and research needed to fulfill the human obligation to discern facts.  Sometimes an official of a company can be asked to answer what his customer sees as a “simple question” but which the official knows would take a huge outlay of resources to answer with any measure of accuracy. He knows that many people equate” I don’t know” with downright incompetence.

A relative few questions regarding physics can take millions if not billions to answer:  The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. https://home.cern/science/accelerators/large-hadron-collider

In other words folks, the motivations to cut corners regarding truth can be considerable and can lead us to rationalize double-talk that entirely avoids us having to admit: “I just don’t know.”

I am persuaded that as much as we may detest the constant barrage of falsehoods coming from Donald Trump, many top executives know that one of the key qualifications for their career advancement was to demonstrate extensive competence in skilled diversion and plausible prevarication.  Sometimes on seeing a top executive before a congressional committee, one wonders if they have much ability to do anything else.

Marketing is often falsehood-based persuasion.  Like a young guy on his first date with a certain coveted girl, he can seek to capture her into his orbit by going to any lengths to impress her with a razor-thin suave coolness he knows full-well is anything but who he really is.

A word to some of my most conservative of evangelical friends: You insist that creation must align perfectly with Creationism.  I must caution you and the rest of our brothers and sisters that if mankind is fully willing to accept Creationism as the final word on the matter, then that will require no further iterations of human effort over generations using increasingly precise and effective research tools to discern patterns of life development.  Thus, Creationism could be the way of faith…or it could be a broad road leading to double-down fanaticism and ignorance finding itself most at home with *Pharisaical tyrants.  If you support Donald Trump, consider his strong double-down stances when compared to the arduous road of objective inquiry--highly structured and disciplined, humble, and subjected to collegial review.  [*Pharisaic: Strict in doctrine and ritual without the spirit of piety; laying great stress upon the external observances of religion and outward show of morality, and assuming superiority on that account; hypocritical; self-righteous. (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 2007)]


Finally, consider a conceivable conversation sometimes experienced with new acquaintances.  There was present in the room a palpable stiffness and guardedness in the conversation.  Then you said silently to yourself, “To hell with it”, and you shared a bone-head blunder you made during the week.  The atmosphere miraculously changed and in the flash-of-an-eye people became open with defenses down and began sharing blunders of their own.  “Chicken or Egg Question” Is sharing vulnerabilities the result of friendship or the path to it? 


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Real American Passion - The True American Idea

Recently I have insisted with dogged determination that our American future as the hope of humanity depends upon reconciling man’s need for dignity and freedom (which will never be excised from the human heart) with the need for capitalism—the only economic approach that unites the psychological needs for motivation and purpose with the existential need for creativity.  I don’t know why, but it is my conviction that our Great Creator flat-out insists on earnest players.  Humanoid drones are completely useless for a vivacious generation of creative abundance.  Further, a sense of authentic discipline and exertion meld perfectly with abundance, purpose, and shared happiness.

Thus, we must totally honor capitalism and democratic freedom forever anchored in a nursery of hopeful optimism.  Earnest players—not drones, parasites, or arrogant Atlas assholes--warm the heart of Providence our faithful Senior Partner.

Now I don’t have the time-of-day for phony "capitalistic" parasites—those who grind fellow humans like sausage so long as they themselves get all the gold.  True capitalists will be identified by their compassion—who know that abundance is a quilt work of human inter-dependency in concert with the unearned blessings of God.  We highly regard both winners and losers—for in a real sense both rode the chariot of motivational competition that underwrites graceful and generous winners--winners that remain open to the need for endless second chances for themselves and everyone.  The scope of the game is always many leagues wider than a particular sandlot game.

Government as a general rule should regard hands-on production the function of the entrepreneurial sector.  But limited government should NEVER FOR A SINGLE MILLISECOND let wolves rip to shreds the most humble employee.  This requires more than thoughts and prayers by shameless, morally bankrupt Republicans.  We need a virile system of third party review so that the most humble employee is assured deep within that they really matter not only to God, but to the country in which they live.

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Let America in our time lead the way in conquering Death  



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Saturday, March 9, 2019

********* Chill You Guys **********


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Friday, March 8, 2019

New Meaning of "Sunshine Soldiers"--- We Need Sunshine...And We Need Soldiers !!!

We have no other choice---committed individuals will be our heroes.




Please read carefully the following letter to me from Jeff Boreman.  Today, I find myself agreeing more and more with Jeff.  We have a lawless pirate as US President who ceaselessly receives worshipful accolades from millions of Americans.  The philosophy clearly is based on Trump’s raw cynicism and unquenchable greed.  If he led a conquering army, there is no doubt whatever that the modus operandi would be rape and plunder in accord with the Great Leader’s normative chaotic habits of predator thievery, sexual assault, and ruthless self-righteousness made by use impervious to any felt need for forgiveness. The democrats for their part too often seem to have bought into a dangerous mix of myopic ambition co-joined with self-centered promotion and offensive sycophancy. An unfortunate “Holier than Thou” attitude leads to a pervasive “My Shit Don’t Stink” ambiance unbecoming those seeking to earnestly serve. 

Will God chose to honor my own intimations of a personal role?  He’s the boss and I accept His disposition should that be a catbird seat or a tree-shade patch of southern anonymity.


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Following from blog of 12/2/10

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thoughts after Election Day

The day after November’s election I wrote my friend Jeff Boreman to congratulate him on the Republican victories.  I was surprised by what he wrote back.  Following is our correspondence.  (Jeff recently gave me permission to include his comments on this blog.)

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Jeff

Election aftermath.  Just wanted to let you know that I'm as Democratic than ever.
However, "I told you so" from a certain Republican is certainly in order.

(Just wait till next year.)

Wayne

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Wayne,

I would love to tell you, "I told you so!" But, I am not very happy with Dems or Republicans. I can honestly say, I really did not feel like voting this year. I was really turned off by the campaigning from all parties. I believe that most of the candidates were in it for the game and power. None of them really talked about real issues or real solutions. There was a lot of smearing, lies, or flat out distortion from all.

All great societies eventually come to end. Ours is heading that direction and there is no turning it around. Socialism, Capitalism, Communism, and all others forms of societies sound great. Eventually though they all collapse. Each one is flawed with the same problem. That problem is man's greed. We have reached a level in our society where the greed is out of control from the rich, middle class, and the poor.

Look at the real issues that has caused our current situation. Some want to blame it on Bush. Others will blame it on Clinton, Obama, Reagan or who know who else. The fact is we all played a part. Housing pricing were out of control. The government did not set the prices on the homes. Man's greed did this. We want to blame the banks since they gave out the loans. Which they did due to their greed. People were spending more money than they could afford. Eventually this will catch up with you. Another problem is everyone is looking for more hand me outs from the government.

Jeff W. Boreman
Network Systems Analyst
City of St. Petersburg
Information and Communication Services

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Friday, March 1, 2019

High Seas Disenfranchisement



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When it is pointed out that a hefty third of Americans are only too glad to worship a lawless pirate as President of the United States, it is clear that the days ahead will be turbulent. For even though many goodhearted souls can be cajoled and humored to exercise a justice already filling their hearts, flat-out Biblical wolves from time immemorial have an unquenchable thirst for ascendancy and supremacy.  They say “In God We Trust.” You should translate this: “Only My Unchallenged Pirate Ego Matters A Whit.” 

When we insist that employees receive equal honor as do their employers, lawless  pirates masquerading as Capitalists projectile vomit more vociferously than even while tasting a smorgasbord of ideological “isms”. For them, a practice of straight capitalism is sacrilegious as it would curb their intoxicated notion of personal power.

It is my opinion that the most urgent matter that confronts us is a mindset issue, not a pocketbook issue.  When even the most humble employee is given the respect offered by third party review of perhaps ill-considered decisions from those within business governance, a sociological process will begin that steers larger society towards justice and comity.

Lawless pirates are the first to tout phony capitalism. Be warned—they care nothing for productive capitalism that understands the profound interdependency of human endeavors.  The purpose of capitalism is NOT to slake an unending thirst for lust and greed. (Lord knows, no one need remind us of the widespread market collapse such sins eventually bring.)  The purpose of capitalism is to accomplish abundance and wealth, creativity, and a deeply shared sense of worthwhile accomplishments (thus, happiness).  It never for a greased-lighting-split-second need imply a gratuitous lawless perfidy against humanity.

As most citizens feel no great encumbrance by criminal laws prohibiting anti-social behavior (their hearts don’t go there in the first place), just so employers of goodwill will view steps to provide a sense of persistent fairness for their employees as something fully in harmony with what they have personally prayed for, sought and worked towards for years. 

It is, rather, the lawless pirate parasites who hide within “capitalist” camouflage and squeal that “freedom” will surely die if one dare intercedes within his proprietary stock of cannon fodder employees—DON'T BE FOOLED!… This “freedom” is all about screwing the hell out of others upon the privacy of high seas disenfranchisement.



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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Poisoned Well of Pirate Capitalism--Intimate Daily Civic Lessons



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The reputation of Donald Trump is all that need be looked at to see the public consequences of a nation enthralled by pirate capitalism. Trump considers himself a god that can manufacture truth to fit his current passions.  Consider his business reputation of shady dealings, stiffing contractors and bankers, and his fondness for exercising power in firing employees on a whim.

Further, as a god he demands total worship—or as he likes to call it “loyalty” (standing always at the ready to lie, cheat, or steal as his ego demands—or to swallow one of his rotten falsehoods with a face showing utter pleasure).  And remember, a hefty third of Americans are only too glad to have a pirate capitalist in charge. Perhaps workplace governance has provided them many daily, dutiful civic lessons.

The poisoned well of pirate capitalism demands from employees no less than spiritual prostitution. In a practical sense, many Americans experience monarchical, even despotic, government rule at the very source of their daily livelihood.   The free choice doctrine says all options are open for employees.  If they don’t like one job, they can always get another.   But we know realistically many things can prevent job hopping—not the least of which is that employees out of necessity often incur long-term debt with frequent and recurring payment importunities.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Vanity Side of Capitalism and Other Addictions




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I have raised two painful aspects of our nation that deserve priority status and at which we must stop winking.  The deleterious effects of alcohol are known firsthand by everyone.  We seem to have cycles of trendy concern over this or that drug abuse.  But as an emergency room doctor at Saint Anthony’s Hospital told me the other day, the sexy drug problem of the day does not begin to reach in breadth and depth the pain resulting from alcohol use.  The doctor said: Just ask those who must deal with it such as first responders and waitresses.  (As a matter of fact, a few months ago a waitress at Steak ‘N Shake shared a concern over this matter with me. I had in no way suggested or invited the subject of alcohol.)   The now available technology for imaging the brain and tracking the profoundly destructive effects of alcohol upon brain tissue recall to mind our great ability to discount scientific evidence regarding climate change.  Surely the “free choice” doctrine is going to destroy us unless we learn with humility to face facts.

The other hurt I address and refuse to wink at is our misconstruing the essential nuclear reactor of capitalism for generating creative productivity…… and instead devise a fantastic romantic capitalism of pirate adventure intent on movie mayhem (conveniently, without inflicting real personal pain).   It is undeniable that competition and diversity are huge contributors to sustained abundance.  However, at no time should focus on capital lead us to toss human rights into a shredder.  In fact, from a non-mercantile perspective, humanity is itself a capital asset and is in no sense readily disposable. As we honor capital and employers, we EQUALLY  must honor employees.  I foresee a growing branch of civil law that builds understandings and precedents regarding employer-employee relations.  Employees ineluctably constitute a major part of Capitalism.  It is employee creativity and labor that make any organization marketable over time.  Thus, even small business employees must have access to justice only possible by third party review.  Again, this is not a “sexy issue of the day.”  There is not one of us who has not heard of a loyal and productive employee being royally screwed by a self-centered executive for entirely self-serving ends.

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